Why Are My Feet Feeling Numb?

It is hard to know exactly when I started to get this strange sensation in my feet but I think it is about three and half years ago now.
The numb feeling began in my big toes,  and over time this slowly radiated outwards to my other toes, the side of my big toes and under the ball of my foot.
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Photo: http://Surfphotosofyou.com.au - That's me surfing at Narrabeen
 - circa June 2017

As a keen surfer for 40 plus years, at first I wrote this off to being callouses probably caused from the pressure of my feet on my surfboard.

During the past 30 years or so, I have been an avid jogger, daily running along our local beach here in Narrabeen. I have always run with shoes, often in the dark before sun up, and not wanting to step on anything sharp by running barefoot.

When my old running shoes needed replacing, I remember asking the shop assistant in the sports store, if the running may have been making my toes hurt.

After she took a look at the fit of my old running shoes, said they appeared to be the right size and would probably not have caused the pain. She did mention that I may have some “nerve damage” and this was the first time I had encountered any thought of this.

Where Has My Balance Gone?

Another strange thing that I began to deal with was a weird loss of balance that no doctor could explain.

The usual responses from the doctors I saw thought it could be a post viral effect of a middle ear infection. Tried various medications, mostly antibiotics but still this strange lack of balance remained. This on the first rotation of the condition (it would typically come and go for no apparent reason) lasted about 6 months.

After the balance issue seemed to fix itself and disappear the numb feeling and painful to touch sensations in my toes and feet remained.

Eventually it was suggested to see my ENT (ear nose throat) specialist Dr Frank Elsworth, and after some basic testing and an attempt to solve the issue with an Epley maneuver. Nothing much was discovered from his tests and things didn’t really change from the Epley adjustment. It sort of worked but it didn’t provide anything permanent. So it was suggested I should get an MRI to checkout what might be happening to my brain.

Naturally I began to worry and search for reasons for what might explain my condition. No doctor came up with anything to begin with, but somewhere down the line the suggestion of neuropathy was mentioned, but I was told this was probably not what I had. And by the way they told me there was no recovery for neuropathy, or at least that is what a neurologist would probably tell me.

Troubling Internet Diagnosis

At first my “internet” diagnosis lead me to believe I was on the pathway to MS (multiple sclerosis).

This was a terrifying feeling, believing that I had MS. However, upon further examination of the symptoms, and a clear MRI result, MS was ruled out.

Phew! Was I relieved but at the same time, I still had no diagnosis of what was wrong with me.

My ENT didn’t put together the numb feet and balance issue, either.

I probably should describe the lack of balance issue in some detail, to help you understand what I was experiencing. If you are facing anything similar you will know what I am talking about here.

The feeling of not being in full control of my balance when walking was troubling and down right annoying when trying to surf!

Best way to describe it, is the sensation of being drunk.

A feeling of my head swimming, and not being able to find a steady balance even just standing. Then on one occasion while surfing, and doing a fairly radical backhand turn, whilst approaching the lip of the wave for the rotation of the board, my head suddenly thought I was completely upside down, which I wasn’t.

Not having a successful diagnosis, and feeling like I was in prognosis limbo, all I could do was hope my condition would improve and go away all by itself.

This was not the way things turned out.

Fast Forward To A Year Ago

Fast forward a couple more years and in 2016 – 2017 I had a series of surfing accidents, possibly caused by my numb feet and lack of balance, that produced lower back injuries that showed themselves as localised muscular trauma and within a few days, horrifically painful sciatic pain down my left leg.

This happened 3 times in the one year and I was seriously trying to figure out what was going on, and how to NOT do the same injury ever again.

I sought treatment from my osteopath and acupuncturist which was helpful in relieving the pain, which ranged from 2 – 9 on the pain scale.

The only way I could get relief when the medications didn’t work, was to sit on a wooden bench or chair and angle myself in such a way as to put pressure on the upper quad and glut muscles for about 5 minutes.

If anyone tried to talk to me at this time, I would yell at them to “back off” as I could not speak but had to bear the double pain of the sciatic nerve pinch and the leg brace pain on the bench.

After up to 5 minutes had passed, I was in a state of much relief and could walk and talk to people again.

Episode 1: Boxing Day 2016

It was boxing day, 2016 and I was surfing at my home beach Narrabeen, which is situated on the northern beaches of Sydney.

The waves were a fun size (around head high) and the conditions were quite pleasant.

It was sunny, and the surf was not too crowded, which at this world famous beach is rather rare, especially in this holiday period, being the day after Christmas.

I remember a wave came through and as I took the drop down the face of this 4 footer, I stood up awkwardly (my front foot did not land far enough forward) and trying to recover, caused the board to spin-out, which put me into a twisting falling position.

Immediately I felt pain in my back as the wave landed on me and pushed me underwater, in this awkward twisted and bent pose. Not good!

There’s a funny thing that happens when you injure yourself surfing, your first instinct is to brush it off as nothing and simply paddle back out to catch another wave.

As I went through this ritual, what happened was what usually happens, I realised that I was too injured to get anywhere near catching another wave.

So I paddled in prone (lying down on my board) and proceeded to get back home and the above painful scenario unraveled itself upon me.

Episode 2: I Did It Again

It was about 6 months later, when I did a very similar wipe-out and within a couple of days was back there in the same sciatic pain hell.

I had a similar recovery period to the first incident and just when I thought everything was good with my back and surfing everyday, I did it again. This time it was not in the surf but on dry land.

It’s My Party And I Will Fall Off A Chair If I Want To

It was my birthday party, I was turning 56 and I had been preparing the dance floor, in our outdoor dinning area of our home over the past week or so.

There were lights to put up, a disco ball and smoke machine (of course). I had been very careful to not fall off the ladder I was cautiously using when getting to the high stuff.

Down at the beach there was a wise saying going around, “Over 50 stay off ladders!” I had not adhered to this snippet of wisdom but I had been extra careful, not to step down from anything but the bottom rung.

This steady approach to the high work, served me well and no falls, until…

Five minutes before the guests began to arrive, I sat with my lovely wife Sandra, and opened cold beer and sat down to enjoy all the glitz and glamour of the scene, (we had a fancy dress theme – Hollywood).

Admiring the streamers and balloons, that one of our good friends Sarah had provided for the party, I looked up and noticed that there was one final flood light that was pointing in the wrong direction.

So quick as a flash, I put down the beer, dashed across the room to the chair that sat directly under the area where the light was.

I jumped up on the chair using it as a surrogate ladder, and before I knew what was happening, the chair which sat on a slippery tiled patio floor had whooshed out from under me.

And bang there I was fallen flat on my back, well almost flat. I did manage to land on my side/back as my elbow hit the floor first followed by my back.

In a state of shock and disbelief at my stupidity, (no I wasn’t drunk, that beer still had a head on it) I immediately jumped to my feet and tried to deny what had just happened.

Sandra got me some ice packs and I sat there trying limit the damage.

Low and behold, after 5 minutes, I felt fine. No pain and the guests began to arrive and for the most part completely forgot about the episode and had a fun time on the dance floor that night.

As you may well know, that this type of injury can have a delayed effect and it was on the Monday night after the Saturday, that I had a slight bend and twist when getting up off the floor, (I had been visiting my Mum in the nursing home and her bed was down quite low) and boom it hit me.

Episode 3: Oh No! Not Again

Yep I was back in lower back misery and sciatic pain hell.

If you have ever suffered with sciatic pain to any degree, you will know that when the pain hits you and you can’t find any relief, it must be the closest thing to torture you could imagine.

The pain that strikes your feet when you have advanced peripheral neuropathy, or when it is flaring up with (hot feet, uncomfortable feet, stabbing pain feet, needles feet) is something others have described as a painful torture, so you know what I mean when I refer to this as a torturous disorder, condition or disease – whichever you prefer to call this.

Now for the past 3 and half years, my doctors had been telling me that there was no recovery for peripheral neuropathy. You have it for life and that’s it. It may get worse, it may stay the same but it is not going anywhere.

I was so put off by this advice that I didn’t bother to consult the neurologist, as it was seeming like a waste of time, money and hope.

But this time, my third episode of agony, lead me to the computer to see if they were wrong.

Peripheral Neuropathy Cure?

I was for the first time, typing in the word “cure” after the search term, peripheral neuropathy. Previously I had only ever searched for treatments. If you have done this, you will no doubt have come across some pretty unhelpful looking ebooks that affiliate marketers seem to be promoting. Just take a look at the comments in most Youtube videos on the topic and you will find every Tom, Dick and Harriette trying to cash in on those in pain and suffering with something that most reviewers in Amazon discredit.

So what did the Google search bring up when I typed in – “peripheral neuropathy cure“?

I found a website called the nervepainclinic.com.au and there were a range of people on there talking about the treatment they were receiving from a Dr Dulitsky.

Apparently his treatment, somewhat “alternate” was a thing called Ozone Theraphy. I watched the videos of the patients he had treated and seeing they looked legitimate, I decided to give them a call.

Fortunately for me, they were located in my home city Sydney, about a 50 minute drive from the Northern Beaches.

I rang and made an appointment to see if this was going to work for me. They told me the first appointment was not going to cost, and was just to determine if I could be helped by this ozone therapy or not.

I sure hoped he could help me, as the pain and effects had gotten a lot worse than what they were before my 3 episodes of lower back trauma. I was on Tramadol (a mild opiate drug) that was effectively masking the pain in my feet, but the prospect of being addicted to something like this to just cope with my life, did not appeal. And the thought of the PN getting worse, to the point of being bed ridden and in constant pain left me feeling extremely concerned.

So I went off to see what this controversial, Russian doctor Dulitsky with his radical treatment, could do for me.

 

How Many Treatments For Ozone Cure?

How Many Ozone Treatments Make A Peripheral Neuropathy Cure?

Dr Dulitsky, informed me that I would need about 6 to 10 treatments with the ozone injections to get the recovery for my peripheral neuropathy I was seeking.

At first I thought this was more visits than I had expected after watching the videos of other patients of his. Still I had to trust him, as he has had a lot of experience with treating people with PN.

Over the next few weeks, I noticed an increase in the duration of the effect I was receiving from the ozone injections. Dr Edward, told me this would be the case, as effects of the ozone stimulating the regrowth of stem cells around the injured tissue in my spine.

With the problem of bulging discs at L4 and L5 of my lower lumbar, I was experiencing a nerve damage related to the pinching of my spinal nerves which connect to nerves lower down my body, and having flaring effect on the sciatic nerve, which the weeks after my traumatic injuries to my lower back, where extremely painful.

Bulging Disc A Common Problem

One thing I found out reading this book, was that bulging discs or herniated discs are fairly common among the general population. It stated that according to their survey of asymptomatic individuals (no pain) they found that 30% of 20 year olds had a bulging disc. This went all the way up to 84% of 80 year olds. The procedures for examination of people in the survey, were imaging with CT or MR and was taken on 3,110 people.

With this being around 40% of people my age having a bulging disc, and most likely not even realising it, the potential for such a condition to lead to nerve damage due to the pinching or inhibiting of the nerve pathway in my case would be considered fairly high.

It was not something I was aware of, and was only brought in to focus when I suffered inflammation due to the crunching, twisting combination actions I did when surfing or falling off the chair at my birthday party.

So the answer to my question how many treatments equals a recovery, was something I had to just go with the flow and see what the outcomes were to be.

Over the next 10 weeks, I fluctuated a bit, due to my sporting activities causing some additional inflammation and the return of some pain in my toes. When I told Dr Dulitsky about this sudden reversal back to pain again, he asked me, “what have you been doing?”

I told him I was so excited to have my back pain gone and my feet feeling the best they had for a very long time, I was surfing again everyday and running along the beach again.

But then it was starting to undo the hard work already done. He told me to hold off on the impacting, twisting activities otherwise I would undoing the progress.

So for the next 2 months all I did was walk twice a day, for my exercise. This produced a reduction in the pain in my feet and when I felt things needed to be tested again, I eventually returned slowly to my beach jogging and surfing to see what the impact would be.

Nerve Damage Takes Time To Heal

I have had now about 16 treatments and each time the effect is very similar to the first time I was treated. I get instant effects from the ozone injections and then when I go home things settle down with the overall benefit remaining.

Dr Dulitsky assured me that the numbness will take some months to fully heal. The pain has now gone down to a bearable level and the feeling of my feet on the floor again is best when I don’t do anything that impacts my feet. I can surf again and run along the soft sand of the beach, but at this stage I am still getting some impact numbness and pain. It seems the only way to remain completely pain free is to avoid any kind of impact on my still tender nerves.

The actual process for regrowing the myelin sheath on the damaged nerves is something that can be achieved depending the length of time the damage has been in place. Often this is not the case and the nerve damage remains. With the effectiveness of ozone therapy, it is proposed that the long term effect of the stem cell stimulation will lead to the nerve damage being reversed.

Will this happen for me? Only time will tell.

I do know what my feet feel like now and what they were previously like. Western medicine does not hold to any real effectiveness when it comes to ozone therapy, but I have to say it has helped me.

Before I was on the opiate drug Tramadol and was facing the prospect of it and it’s side effects after long term usage, so to be free of that now, in fact it only took a couple of treatments before I was off the meds completely.

The only thing I have needed to do, to make the burning pain relief, (pain level 2 or 3) has been to put my feet into a bucket of cool water. This has been very effective in providing relief when I have had the impacting pain making things uncomfortable.

What Else Can I Do To Relieve Neuropathic Pain?

There is some good help that vitamin therapy can bring from vitamin B12, if that is indeed a deficiency you have and may caused your neuropathy or at least contributed to it.

I will be updating my condition on this blog, as things change, so make sure to subscribe to my blog and I will keep you posted on my progress.

 

The Nerve Pain Clinic Ozone Therapy

The Nerve Pain Clinic Ozone Therapy

When I first spoke with the staff at the Ozone therapy clinic, of Dr Edward Dulitsky, they seemed very helpful and I looked forward with anticipation to my meeting with the doctor to see if he could help me overcome this neuropathy.

Upon arriving at the doctors clinic, and sitting down in the waiting room, I first noticed something rather odd. The people sitting waiting for the good doctor, were people who seemed to be abnormally content or even happy?

I am not sure about you, but my experience with doctor’s waiting rooms is usually one of sitting among a sea of sad faces. Patients waiting for treatment in this clinic seemed entirely different.

I was soon to discover the reason for this happy disposition for a lot of this doctors patients.

Dr Edward Dulitsky

My name was called and I went in to see Dr Dulitsky. He is a quiet natured man, who has a genuineness not found in many doctors I have visited. He seemed to have a real concern for helping people and this is something that at first really impressed me.

Was he able to help me? Well I had brought my CT scans on disc and I proceeded to tell him my story and how I had come to believe I had this thing called Peripheral Neuropapthy.

He told me that he had a good success rate with treating and curing PN. I was encouraged to hear him say that around about 70% of people respond well to the Dulitsky Method Ozone Therapy. I did hope that I would be in this group of fortunate ones.

After discussing my situation and answering some questions I had, it was decided that I was a good candidate for this to work for me. He told me that because I was young, (relatively at 56 yrs of age) and that my condition was relatively new, he believed that I fell in the category of those who could benefit.

One of the questions I had, was how long will it take to know whether or not this has worked?

Dr Dulitsky told me that it could be instantaneous or it could be a little delayed by a day or so.

My First Treatment

Ozone therapy is administered as a small injection of O3 into the tissue. It is not an intravenous injection, which was one of my concerns. I was of the understanding that you could kill a person with an injection of air into their veins. So the thought of getting essentially air pumped into me was rather alarming. But the good doctor reassured me the injections were small and very safe, as they were into the muscle tissue of my back.

I have been a pin cushion with acupuncture for various aliments and injuries, so the idea of needles did not really bother me. While watching some of the videos that other patients had talked about the ozone injections by Dr Dulitsky, I was aware that there was some discomfort in the procedure.

With the pain of my neuropathy, affecting my feet to the point where I was only able to get relief by taking the drug Tramadol, the idea of some discomfort of the injections really paled into insignificance if the process worked.

The doctor asked me where it felt numb, and where it hurt. After pointing out the places on my feet and my toes, he proceeded to apply the O3 injections along my spine at various intervals.

Almost immediately I noticed a difference in the feelings in my feet. I really couldn’t believe what was happening to me.

Is this for real? Have I just been conned into thinking it would work by hypnotism or some mind control? These were my initial thoughts, as this was something that I thought just cannot be happening.

Well it was happening and it felt good, so I thought maybe it will wear off?

In fact this is what happened, and to be fair, it was what Dr Dulitsky did say would happen. He told me that if I responded well like I did, that this was a good sign but the effect would most likely fade and that I would need more treatments.

I know what you are thinking, like me, I was thinking just how many more treatments would I need?

My First Reaction – Wow!

Wow I could not believe what was happening, even when I went home that night. The feeling was similar to a massage effect that my osteopath had given me, where I felt as if my feet were back again! It had been a while since my feet had felt that good and I was looking forward to getting further improvements with more treatments.

Things did fade a bit as the week went on, as Dr Dulitsky said I should wait about a week before having more ozone injections. One thing was for sure something was happening to my feet and my peripheral neuropathy was on the turn, or so it felt after this first treatment.

 

Alternative Therapies For Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy  (PN) refers to a type of nerve damage that affects how your body’s nerves transmit signals to legs and arms. A person suffering from peripheral neuropathy often feels numbness, burning sensation or tingling in the feet and hands.

These altered sensations may also find their way to your limbs. The condition may be brought about by a number of conditions, one of which is diabetes. However, the good thing is that the condition is actually reversible, under such circumstances. Proper management of underlying medical conditions can help you control neuropathic pain. It’s also been proven that alternative medicine can reduce symptoms and even help suffers manage peripheral neuropathy. This is according to research published in the Alternative Medicine Review 2006 issue.

Numbing the Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy

From Visually.

In this article, you will find some of the proven alternative therapies for peripheral neuropathy. If you have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy and are looking for the most effective way to manage your situation, this article is good starting point. Read on to find out which is the best method that neurologists are currently using to treat PN.

Ozone Therapy: Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment, Cure?

Ozone therapy refers to a type of alternative medicine treatment that increases the amount of oxygen supply in the body by introducing ozone (O3). It works on the fact that medical-grade ozone, a more reactive form of pure oxygen, can trigger healing in the body. According to AAO (American Academy of Ozonotherapy), the human body can renew and regenerate itself, but this capability is reduced, at times of inflammation or other illness. Through stimulating the production of stem cell regrowth, ozone therapy assists the body in dealing with hidden trouble makers that may be hindering healing.

In Australia, ozone therapy is beginning to be used to treat peripheral neuropathy patients. In many cases, the Dulitsky method has proven itself to be effective in relieving nerve pain, and curing the condition in some patients.

Meet Dr. Edward Dulitsky

In Australia, one of the leading doctors offering this type of alternative peripheral neuropathy treatment is Dr. Edward Dulitsky. Boasting more than 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Dulitsky says that for his approved clients –  90% of these patients, report significant results when they have been treated with his ozone therapy methods.

Ozone injections offer a surgery-free option to treating nerve pain, and is long considered among the most effective and reliable forms of stem cell therapy today in Australia.

There are several ways of introducing ozone into the body. These include through the muscles, skin, veins, vagina or rectum. All these will be done under the supervision of Dr. Dulitsky. Ozone can also be topically applied. In ozone bagging, an arm of a leg may be covered with a plastic bag, and hen ozone introduced into it.

Another technique of introducing ozone into the body involves drawing blood out, mixing it with ozone and then re-injecting the patient with it. This procedure is called autohemotherapy. Upon reacting with blood plasma, hydrogen peroxide, which is a strong antiseptic with known healing properties, is produced.

Dr. Dulitsky is a specialist in nerve pain with a clinical experience of 20 years and a very high percentage (90%) reporting marked improvements after being treated using ozone therapy method. Many people consider ozone regenerative therapy as the most cost effective and the safest stem cell therapy.

Nerve pain isn’t your normal type of pain. The pain can be too much, and often appears to be beyond explanation. For 20 years, the clinic has been dedicated to studying and treating nerve pain. The doctors here focus on correcting underlying cause and not just the pain. Being specialists in treating nerve pain, the clinic provides solutions that actually work.

Ozone Regenerative Therapy is meant to give you peace of mind that you’ve been looking for. This unique and revolutionary program offers rapid pain relief without requiring invasive surgeries.

Benefits of Ozone Therapy in treating Peripheral Neuropathy

Compared to many traditional methods of treating PN, ozone therapy has consistently outperformed them. This is because of many benefits of the treatment method. Here are some of the benefits you get when you choose ozone therapy as the method to treat peripheral neuropathy:

• Ozone therapy has powerful analgesic properties, and this enables it to provide rapid pain relief to even the most excruciating pain associated with PN.

• It activates the natural antioxidant system of the body, which then controls free radicals and stops them from causing further damage to your body.

• It regulates cellular metabolism to give you instant pain relief, and also has long term results.

• It stimulates stem cells which move to the affected area and begin regeneration process.

Other Alternative Peripheral Neuropathy Treatments

Eating Well

Good nutrition is normally the first line of defense to protect you from many diseases, and this also includes peripheral neuropathy. One of the most effective ways of managing peripheral neuropathy is to manage all medical conditions that put you at risk. It means that if you are suffering from diabetes, you make sure you control your blood sugar level. If you have alcoholic problem, you need to talk to your doctor about how you can manage it. Irrespective of whether you have a preexisting medical condition, eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean protein and whole grains will help manage the situation. Maintain a food diary so you know what you are eating and to ensure you get all the nutrients needed every day to remain as healthy as you can.

Foods to eat

If you have PN, consuming a diet packed with certain nutrients can help. This food will improve the functioning of your nervous system. By knowing the nutrients that nourish your nervous system, you will lead a much healthier life and decrease chances of contracting nerve-related problems. Here are some nutrition tips:

• Focus on eating fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean protein sources and omega-3 rich foods.

• Take 5-10 servings of fruits and or vegetables every day. 1 serving is equivalent to a half a cup of all other vegetable and fruits.

• ¼ cup of dried fruit

• 1 medium vegetable or fruit for instance orange or apple

• Avoid or limit your intake of alcohol since it has a toxic effect on the nerve tissue.

• Limit your intake of sodium (<2300mg per day)

• Choose polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats from nuts, fish and vegetable oils as opposed to trans fats and saturated fats.

• Limit your consumption of trans fatty acids and saturated fats by opting for poultry and lean meats, as opposed to non-fat dairy products.

• Prepare foods and beverages using little added caloric sweeteners or sugars

Avoid Foods that Aggravate PN

Contributing factors to Peripheral Neuropathy include traumatic injuries, vitamin deficiencies, alcoholism and diabetes among others. Treatment often includes physical therapy, dietary changes, medications and managing underlying causes. Seek guidance from your physician for best results. Use the tips below:

• Gluten: if you have celiac disease or gluten allergy, eating gluten may trigger and even worsen your symptoms. Gluten is most commonly found on all foods containing cake, wheat or baking flour. Insist on products with “gluten free” label.

• Refined grains tend to be very glycemic which means they have a rapid impact on the blood sugar. The first strategy to preventing neuropathy is ability to control your blood sugar. Replacing refined grain with whole grains will help improve glycemic impact of your diet.

Control Blood Sugar

If you are diabetic and have peripheral neuropathy, it’s very important that you properly manage your blood sugar levels. Over time, high blood pressure levels damage the nerves and blood vessels in your feet and legs. The good thing is that regular moderate exercise and good diet can help improve how your body uses insulin.

Adopting exercise and healthy eating habits is critical because it helps keep your blood sugar under control. Also, studies indicate that lifestyle changes can stop the development of and even stall the progression of neuropathy. Also, exercises that improve circulation, like walking, can do a world of good to relieve pain.

Keeping your blood sugar under control can help prevent peripheral neuropathy. To prevent damage to the blood vessels, nerves, skin and eyes as well as other body parts, you need to maintain blood sugar consistently within healthy range.

Studies show that poor blood sugar significantly increases peripheral neuropathy risk, which leads to more frequent hospitalizations than other diabetes complications and is also the most common non-traumatic amputation cause source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2596705/.

It’s recommended to do frequent blood glucose testing, exercising, eat a healthy diet and work with your physician to see if you need insulin therapy or diabetes medication or a combination of both.

Quit Smoking

Quit smoking as fast as you can, because if you are diabetic and use any form of tobacco, you are more likely to develop nerve damage and other serious conditions like heart attack than diabetic nonsmokers. (Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AAPM/8373)

Smoking worsens circulatory problems, and it also compounds the symptoms of PN. It can also significantly increase heart disease risk especially in individuals with diabetes. Consult your doctor about methods of quitting smoking. Other common ways of quitting smoking include drug therapy like gum, nicotine patches, prescription medication and counseling among other things. You can also turn to antidepressants to reduce cravings and even manage pain resulting from neuropathy at the same time.

Reduce exposure to toxins

Peripheral neuropathy sufferers have a high propensity of developing kidney stone symptoms as well as other kidney problems, which include kidney disease. This is why it’s critical to relieve your kidney of added stress to reduce buildup of toxins in the blood which may worsen the problem.

Limit your exposure to chemical household cleaners, beauty products and unnecessary antibiotics or prescription drugs. Also avoid or reduce exposure to pesticides often sprayed on non-organic crops, too much cigarettes and alcohol.

Get regular Exercise

Regular exercise not only helps you attain and maintain a healthy weight, but it also improves how your body uses insulin. Also, it improves blood circulation and strengthens muscles, something that improves balance and coordination.

Before you embark on any physical activity, it’s important that you consult your doctor for a good routine that fits your body. Your doctor will recommend an exercise program that will be friendly to your feet, for instance swimming, walking, yoga or biking. It’s important to keep exercises that may be too hard on your feet on minimum, like aerobics or running. People with peripheral neuropathy, especially those who also have bone deformities, need to always wear well-fitted shoes, as this avoids ulcers and pressure sores on the feet.

Herbal Therapy

Herbal therapy may alleviate or decrease peripheral neuropathy symptoms. It’s however advisable to always talk to your doctor before embarking on alternative therapies. Here are a few herbs you can try:
Curcumin: More commonly known as turmeric, Curcumin is touted as among the best herbs for treating neuropathy. It also benefits your skin, internal injuries and can be used to treat other problems like dyspepsia.

Curcumin can relieve pain resulting from nerve damage in patients with peripheral neuropathy. Just apply the powder form of this herb to the affected part of your body. For best results, include geranium paste before you apply.

The PNS, or Peripheral Nervous System, refers to the body’s own internal system of communication. It has millions of nerves which appear like electrical wires that transmit information from the brain to the spinal cord. The messages are then able to be transmitted to other parts of the body. Peripheral Neuropathy refers to a condition that occurs when there is a disease or serious damage to this complex system.

While there are several treatments for condition, most of the conventional ones like surgery are replete with risks, never mind that they are expensive. As a result, more people are turning to alternative treatment methods, of which ozone therapy is the most common.

Ozone therapy is an inexpensive, safe and effective clinical tool that has many therapeutic applications. It especially excels in pain management, which is a key component of treating peripheral neuropathy.

It can be administer through the skin, rectum, injections or vagina. Dr Dulitsky is a leading specialist in ozone therapy in Australia, and might just be the person you need to see if you have been diagnosed with this problem.

Sources:

https://nyulangone.org/conditions/peripheral-neuropathy-in-adults/treatments/lifestyle-changes-for-peripheral-neuropathy
https://draxe.com/diabetic-neuropathy/

Beware Expensive Treatments of Peripheral Neuropathy


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312702/

Foot Exercises Peripheral Neuropathy

A couple of years back, before I knew what I had with my feet problems, I was given a routine by my osteopath, Jeff Morrison of Abodyofwork, which he referred to as “Toe Yoga”. He sent me to a video that showed me how to do this. Unfortunately I cannot find that video, but I can say that when I started to do this, my toes and feet felt better.

My current osteopath, does a really good massage on my feet, focusing on the top of my feet and before the ozone treatments, I found this one of the best forms of relief, that made my feet feel alive again.

So I recommend to get some extra relief that you do some toe and foot stretching, and this video below is one that might provide you with some extra relief for your aching, painful feet.

Peripheral Neuropathy Exercise Precautions

Peripheral Neuropathy Exercise Precautions
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It is well advised that if you have peripheral neuropathy, then taking it easy and avoiding pressure on your feet, is going to serve you well.

Some people are suffering so severely that even walking or standing on your feet is out of the question. I do sympathize with you if you have PN this bad. To not be able to do anything that doesn’t lead to pain, is hard to imagine and I am sure no one knows what this must truly feel like, unless it was happening to them.

I am fortunate enough to have received first class treatment for my condition, that has seen me get off the strong pain meds, and return to a drug free existence. I owe this to the Dulitsky Method of treating PN with ozone injections. I don’t really know how this works but all I can say is that it works for me. I once had unbearable pain, enough to keep awake at night, that just wound not let me have a moments peace. That was until I found this amazing treatment.

When getting my treatments from the good Dr Dulitsky, he told me when my back was inflamed, that avoiding further trauma was top priority, so not much exercise activity.

Not being able to do the fun things I have always done, was a drag. Not out in the surf when it was “pumping”, was hard to take – but let’s keep some perspective here, it is only surfing. Fair enough but you know what, I really was feeling like I was left out when I couldn’t surf, especially when running the local beach boardriders competitions. Sitting around the competition tent and watching the action go down, was frustrating, but not as frustrating as thinking that I may not be able to do this fun thing again. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, just yet.

So here is what I did next…

After following the doc’s instructions for about 2 months, I kept myself free from any straining, stomping and twisting activities.  This meant no beach running – walking for 40 minutes per day was allowed and recommended. No surfing, as this involves bending the spine, twisting and turning the abdomen, and at times compression when a wave lands on you.

I was also advised to begin swimming. But not being a big swim fan, I decided to compromise and paddle my surfboard up the beach about 500 yards or half kilometre or so. This would involve a similar action to swimming but with the additional support of the lower back, so I decided to give it go.

Eventually this evolved into me catching one or two waves very carefully and then walking back home along the soft beach sand at the waters edge.

When my feet felt good and ready for the next step, I decided to catch a few more waves each time I went out.

So now where I am up to is this…

My feet seem to get certain amount of pain, that is manageable and this is focused on the front of the ball of the foot and the toes.
BioDigital Human
Notice in the image above, the nerves of the feet run mostly over the top of the bone structure, then down over the sides of the toes. You might want to click on this image to view the full size image. This would help explain the numbness and burning pain that is felt on the bottom of the feet, also paying attention the fact that the nerves tapper down to a finer diameter the further they move towards the tips of the toes and the front of the foot. Explaining why the pain is first felt here, at the extremities or periphery.